Building Construction, Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

Common Occupancy, Uncommon Response: Firefighting in Places of Worship, Part 1

Issue 04 and Volume 173.

By FRANK LEEB A place of worship is a building where people gather to worship, such as a church, a mosque, a synagogue, or a temple. We don’t need to describe and date each type and style of place of worship; knowing the general features common to many of these facilities is sufficient. This article covers the architectural and general features of places of worship, which provides the building blocks for understanding the fire strategy and procedures specific to these structures. RELATED FIREFIGHTER TRAINING Fires in Gothic-Style Churches Fighting the Church Fire PROTECTING HOUSES OF WORSHIP CHURCH FIRES The architectural history of past cultures demonstrates that the place of worship was often the most elaborate, most permanent, and most influential building in the community. Characterizing religious architecture is complex; no basic architectural requirements or elements are common to every religion. One religion’s function may involve a variety of activities that change…

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